Members of Congress in Support of the Iran Deal

This page features statements -- links and excerpts -- from members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in formal support of the Iran nuclear deal, starting with the latest statements. (Last update: September 17, 11:02am, EST)

Senate (42 total supporting)

On 9/10, Senate leadership sought cloture on debate over the JCPOA in order to bring H. J. Res. 61 -the vehicle for a resolution of disapproval of the JCPOA - to a vote. That cloture vote failed, with 42 votes against and only 58 in favor (required 60 votes to invoke cloture). A second cloture vote was called and failed again on 9/15. 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 8/7: “I’m proud that America led six countries toward an historic international agreement with Iran. I believe we are right to choose a path of international diplomacy to achieve our goal of verifiably preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I have carefully reviewed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), attended numerous classified briefings, heard from experts and constituents, and examined detailed arguments for and against the agreement. I have also been guided by the hard lessons that should be learned when America chooses to engage in military action and war in the Middle East. Simply put, I do not believe that rejecting this agreement is in our national security interest. For that reason the choice is clear, I will support this international agreement because it will best serve America’s national security interests and it is built on verification with a robust inspections and compliance regime that will cut off all of Iran’s potential pathways to a nuclear weapon.” @SenatorBaldwin

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 9/8: “I will vote to support the proposed agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program and against the resolution of disapproval before the Senate. My two paramount goals have been to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and do so by peaceful means. I believe the proposed agreement, using diplomacy, not military force, is the best path now available to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.” @SenBlumenthal

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) 9/3: We have now passed a point of no return that we should have never reached, leaving our nation to choose between two imperfect, dangerous and uncertain options...Left with these two choices, I nonetheless believe it is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse.@CoryBooker

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 8/4: “I understand and share Israel’s mistrust of Iran, and that is exactly why we need this agreement – which is not based on trust, but on an unprecedented inspection and verification regime. A deal by definition is never perfect, but as Ami Ayalon, the former head of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, said recently, ‘When it comes to Iran’s nuclear capability, this is the best option.'" @SenatorBoxer

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) 9/4: “Our primary objectives are to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, make sure Israel is safe and, if possible, avoid another war in the Middle East...This agreement represents a flawed, but important step to accomplish those goals." @SenBennetCO

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 8/14: “It’s critical that we prevent Iran from developing or acquiring a nuclear weapon. This agreement is the only viable option to achieve that goal. I have studied the details, listened to Ohioans on all sides of this issue, and consulted with nuclear experts like Energy Secretary Moniz, other administration officials, U.S. intelligence officials, and the ambassadors of our P5+1 allies. This deal is not about trusting the Iranian regime, but instead working with our allies on comprehensive, verifiable restrictions to block Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb without precipitating another war in the Middle East. We must continue to work with our allies in the Middle East – including our most important ally in the region, Israel – to ensure that their security concerns are fully addressed. Finally, Iran must understand that should it violate the terms of the agreement all options remain on the table.” @SenSherrodBrown

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 9/8: “Congress has an important oversight role over all aspects of our government, its actions, and its international commitments.  I take seriously the responsibility to review the Joint Compressive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and consider what this historic deal means for the national security of the United States and the future of the Middle East.  In reviewing this deal and evaluating its implications, I have received numerous briefings including classified briefings from administration officials, nuclear scientists, foreign policy experts, and my constituents.  I have decided to support the agreement because this agreement pushes Iran further away from a nuclear weapons threshold.” @SenatorCantwell

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) 8/28: ...Over the past two years, I’ve had countless meetings with people from Delaware who fall on both sides of this issue. Some are vehemently opposed to any deal with Iran, and others believe we absolutely must have a deal in order to avoid war. I earnestly considered all these points of view as I reviewed the text of the deal and made my decision to support it...This is a good deal for America, our negotiating partners and the world. That’s not just my view. It’s also the view of scores of American national security leaders and former senior officials, as well as many of their Israeli counterparts.” @SenatorCarper

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) 9/1: “After the more than six weeks of intensive review, I have concluded that I will support the JCPOA, vote no on the motion to disapprove and no on a veto override vote if necessary. I firmly believe that effective implementation of the JCPOA, bolstered by other U.S. policies, including a strong deterrence policy of the U.S. and our partners, will be in our national security interest.” @SenBobCasey

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) 9/1: “...in a very hard choice between either rejecting the agreement and taking on the uncertainty and risks of compelling a return to sanctions and negotiations or a path that accepts the positives of this deal and attempts to manage and minimize the short and long term consequences of its flaws, I choose the latter. I will support this agreement and vote against any measures to disapprove it in Congress. I will support this agreement because it puts us on a known path of limiting Iran’s nuclear program for the next fifteen years with the full support of the international community. The alternative, to me, is a scenario of uncertainty and isolation. Finally, I will support this agreement despite its flaws because it is the better strategy for the United States to lead a coalesced global community in containing the spread of nuclear weapons...”  @SenCoonsOffice

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) 8/19: “A nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to the security of the United States and our allies. Only one thing can truly guarantee Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon – the steadfast resolve of the U.S. and our allies to stop them. That is and must remain our nation’s policy, and we must be prepared to follow through on it. With or without this deal, the day may come when we are left with no alternative but to take military action to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. Taking that path would be a difficult and costly choice. Nobody knows that cost better than those who have put their lives on the line for our country. If that day does come, and I am faced with a vote to authorize military force against Iran, I owe it to the men and women of our Armed Forces and to the people of Indiana to have exhausted every other option to stop Iran before we would consider putting any of our servicemembers in harm’s way. That is why, despite having questions about Iran’s intentions, I am willing to give this agreement the opportunity to succeed. While I share the concerns expressed by the agreement’s critics about what may happen 10, 15, or 20 years from now, I cannot in good conscience take action that would shift the potential risks of 2026 and 2031 to 2016.” @SenDonnelly

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 7/21: “Today we have a chance and an opportunity with Iran that hasn't presented itself for more than 30 years--the opportunity to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It is not going to solve all the problems with Iran overnight, but it does solve, I believe, one critical problem. The agreement retains U.S. freedom of action to counter Iran in any part of the world...I support this administration's decision to go forward with this agreement. I will be adding my vote to the many in the Senate in the hopes that we can see a new day dawning and in the hopes too that like President Nixon and President Reagan and even like other Presidents before us who have sat down to negotiate with our enemies, at the end of the day we will be a safer and stronger nation because of it.” (Floor statement 8/5 is here). @SenatorDurbin

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) 7/14: “The agreement announced today between the world’s major powers—the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany—and Iran is historic. It offers a verifiable, diplomatic resolution to one of our most pressing national security challenges. This is a strong agreement that meets our national security needs and I believe will stand the test of time. I stand behind the U.S. negotiating team and will support this agreement in the Senate.”  @SenFeinstein

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) 8/13: “...For a long time, it has looked like our only options when it came to Iran would be allowing it to have a nuclear bomb or having to bomb the country ourselves. This agreement represents a chance to break out of that no-win scenario. And to take the extraordinary step of rejecting it -- because of clearly unrealistic expectations, because of a hunger to send Americans into another war, or, worst of all, because of petty partisanship -- would be a terrible mistake.” @alfranken

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) 8/6: I have decided to support this deal after closely reading the agreement, participating in multiple classified briefings, questioning Energy Secretary Moniz and other officials, consulting independent arms control experts, and talking with many constituents who both support and oppose this deal...If we reject this deal, we do not have a viable alternative for preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons...Our goal has been, and remains, to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. We have far more ability to achieve that outcome if we approve this deal‎.  @SenGillibrand

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) 8/5: “Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I help set policy on non-proliferation and our nuclear deterrent. On the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I've received numerous briefings on Iran's nuclear program and capabilities.  So I am well acquainted with the steps necessary to successfully construct a nuclear weapon and to detect such activity. It's because of this familiarity that I am confident in this accord. @MartinHeinrich

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) 9/3: ...I support the agreement because it is the best chance we have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and keep America safe. It is not a perfect deal nor is this deal about trust — it’s about making sure we have in place the strongest mechanisms possible to accomplish our goal by holding Iran to the most sweeping concessions about its nuclear program it has ever made. My decision is about seeking diplomacy rather than conflict. It’s about working with our allies to keep America and the world safe. It’s about learning lessons from the war in Iraq that we are better off when we build support and work with our allies than when we go it alone. After 15 years of American troops in the Middle East and American money spent on conflicts abroad, let’s give diplomacy a chance.”  @SenatorHeitkamp

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) 8/17: “After careful consideration, particularly weighing the risks involved in Congress approving or rejecting the deal, I have concluded that supporting this agreement means that Iran’s nuclear weapons program, which was on the verge of success, will be disabled for many years...While this agreement is not perfect, it has gained broad national and international support, including 29 top American nuclear scientists, of which six are Nobel laureates. This agreement is the best option to halt Iran’s nuclear weapon program.” @maziehirono

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) 8/4: ...the JCPOA is a dramatic improvement over the status quo in improving global security. The agreement takes a nuclear weapons program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means with sufficient tools for the international community to verify whether Iran is meeting its commitments. In the negotiation, America has honored its best traditions and shown that patient diplomacy can achieve what isolation and hostility cannot.  For this reason, I will support it.” @SenKaineOffice

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) 8/5: “I have never faced a more difficult decision than a vote on the Iran nuclear decision.  The current alternatives, if this agreement is rejected, are either unrealistic or downright dangerous. And so, based upon what we know now, I intend to vote in favor of the agreement.” (On 8/9, Sen. King published an oped explaining in detail his position, noting, "after carefully reading the agreement, attending multiple hearings and classified briefings, and discussing it in depth with my colleagues, foreign ambassadors and experts both outside and inside the Obama administration, I have concluded that it is in the best interest of the United States and our partners and allies in the region to approve the deal, as our international partners have already done...@SenAngusKing

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) 9/9: “After years of intense diplomacy, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action now provides a way forward. I’ve given the plan careful consideration, met with military and policy leaders, and listened to Arizonans across our state – and I have decided to support it. No approach to Iran is without risk, and the deal is not perfect, but the United States has an opportunity to lead the world on a historic and critical diplomatic course against danger and chaos.@RepKirkpatrick

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 8/10: “Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is one of the most important objectives of our national security policy and I strongly advocated for and supported the economic sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table.  While the agreement is by no means perfect, I have concluded that it is our best available option to put the brakes on Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon and that is why I will support it.  In conjunction with that support I will also push for increased security assistance to Israel and enhanced defense cooperation with our Arab allies to combat terrorism throughout the region.” @amyklobuchar

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 8/5: “...short of unilateral surrender by one party, every agreement involves compromise.  That is as true for international diplomacy as it is for this body. Neither side gets everything it wants.  Anyone who suggests that was a possible outcome here is fooling themselves, or even worse, deceiving the voters who sent them here. The President has been unwavering in his insistence that the goal of this agreement is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and I commend him for his vision and resolve.” [Leahy tweet 8/5: "Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, State Dept & Foreign Ops), On Senate Flr, Announces Spprt For #IRAN Agr"] @SenatorLeahy

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) 8/19: “After a thorough review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I have concluded that diplomacy remains our best tool to secure a nuclear weapon-free Iran. That’s why I intend to support the Iran nuclear agreement when it comes before Congress in September. This agreement is far from perfect and carries risks. But I believe our negotiators achieved as much as they reasonably could, and that if strictly implemented, this plan can be effective. As recently stated in an letter signed by 29 leading American nuclear scientists, including six Nobel laureates, this agreement contains ‘more stringent constraints than any previous negotiated nonproliferation framework.”  @SenMarkey

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 8/20: “...This deal isn't perfect and no one trusts Iran, but it has become clear to me that the world is united behind this agreement with the exception of the government of Israel. I respect and understand those who oppose it but I have become convinced that it is more dangerous to Israel, America and our allies to walk away in the face of unified world-wide support." @McCaskillOffice

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 8/30: “I have carefully read the agreement and met with policy experts, intelligence analysts, advocates, and the ambassadors of our partner nations to explore the strength of every argument and counter-argument. I have sought and received the counsel of Oregonians on both sides of the issue, and I deeply appreciate their passionate and extensive insights. Taking all of this into account, I believe the agreement, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the best available strategy to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon." @SenJeffMerkley

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 9/2: “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime...I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.” @SenatorBarb

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 8/5: Because I believe that Iran is less likely to get a nuclear weapon with this agreement than without it, I will support it.” @ChrisMurphyCT

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 8/25: “Going into this decision, I had clear principles guiding my thinking. First and foremost, Iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, and my decision would be based on what course of action moves us closer to that primary goal. Second, Iran cannot be trusted, and no deal should hinge on them holding up their end of the bargain based on their word or good faith alone. Third, a strong diplomatic solution is the best option. And fourth, the United States needs to keep all options on the table, including military options, if Iran decides to move toward a nuclear weapon or threatens us or our allies in any other way. Guided by these principles, I will be voting to support the agreement to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. I will vote against the resolution of disapproval, and, if needed, I will vote against overriding President Obama’s veto.” @PattyMurray

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) 8/4: “Unless there is an unexpected change in the conditions and facts before the vote is called in September--and it will be called on the very first day that we return in September--unless there is an unexpected change, I will support the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1--which are the United States, the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany--because I am convinced it will stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon for at least the next 10 to 15 years. No other available alternative accomplishes this vital objective.  @SenBillNelson

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) 9/8: “...Despite my serious concerns with this agreement, I have unfortunately become convinced that we are faced with no viable alternative. I have met with representatives for each of our negotiating partners, whom have all stated that they will not return to the negotiating table if Congress rejects this deal. Further, I believe a rejection of this agreement will damage the international credibility of the United States, and that attempting to go it alone and implement unilateral sanctions without a coalition of nations will only weaken our standing. @SenGaryPeters

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 8/18: “I support the JCPOA because it cuts off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and gives international inspectors unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and supply chains...It establishes strong enforcement and vigilant verification mechanisms that -- in combination with our intelligence capabilities, and those of our allies -- increase our ability to detect covert activity.  No one assumes Iran will change its stripes, which is why the agreement is built on a foundation of intrusive inspections and constant verification.   If Iran cheats, they will be isolated, international sanctions snap back, and we will have better intelligence, a broader coalition, and a stronger case for swift, forceful action.  But if Congress derails the Iran nuclear agreement it could be a costly, strategic mistake that would likely end strong international sanctions and leave Iran’s nuclear ambitions unchecked.” @SenJackReed

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 8/23: “After years of study and months of careful review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and its predecessor agreement, I support this agreement because I believe it is the best path to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This nuclear agreement is consistent with the greatest traditions of American leadership. I will do everything in my power to support this agreement and ensure that America holds up our end of the commitment we have made to our allies and the world to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.  I will vote no on the resolution of disapproval and urge my colleagues to do the same.”  @SenatorReid

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 8/7: “President Obama and Secretary Kerry have worked through a very difficult process with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran. This agreement is obviously not all that many of us would have liked but it beats the alternative – a war with Iran that could go on for years. If Iran does not live up to the agreement, sanctions may be reapplied,” he added. “If Iran moves toward a nuclear weapon, all available options remain on the table. I think it is incumbent upon us, however, to give the negotiated agreement a chance to succeed. That is why I will support the agreement.” @SenSanders

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) 8/10: “After multiple readings, numerous briefings with officials, discussions with experts outside of government, consultations with my constituents and my colleagues, I am satisfied that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best approach to deny Iran a nuclear weapon and place its nuclear program under strict international supervision.” @SenBrianSchatz

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 8/6: “When this agreement comes to the Senate floor in September, I intend to support it. Rejecting this agreement would leave us with no credible non-military options for stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program. This agreement is not about becoming friends with Iran or turning a blind eye to its efforts to destabilize the Middle East. We must redouble efforts to help our other allies counter Iran’s malign influence in the region.  In particular, our commitment to the defense of Israel remains unshakeable. And we must maintain vigorous sanctions against Iran for its support for terrorism and violations of human rights.” On 8/8, Senator Shaheen published an oped further explaining her support for the deal). @SenatorShaheen

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 8/24: “I have had extensive classified and unclassified briefings, extensive discussions with our U.S. negotiators and leaders from every country involved in negotiating this agreement. I have met with leaders representing the current Israeli government as well as former military and civilian Israeli leaders. And, I have heard from so many people in Michigan, with passionate feelings on both sides of this critical issue.  Ihave determined that the imminent threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon outweighs any flaws I see in the international agreement. For this reason, I must support the agreement. For me, the decision comes down to this: without this international agreement, Iran will have enough nuclear material for a weapon in three months. With this agreement, and the international coalition committed to it, we have the opportunity to stop Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon, certainly for at least 25 years...”  @SenStabenow

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) 8/13: “After reading the agreement, consulting with experts and listening to Montanans, it’s clear this deal is the only option right now to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. This agreement isn't built on trust — it's about holding Iran accountable. If Iran violates this agreement, all options are on the table to ensure the security of America, Israel and our allies."  [Tester's 8/20 oped in support of the deal is here]. @SenatorTester

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 7/30: “...we are considering a diplomatic agreement about the future of a nuclear-armed Iran. Most of us in this body have strong opinions about that agreement. Some believe it will weaken our position. I believe the opposite, and I have come to the floor to express my support... I urge my colleagues to support this agreement. We have a choice between this deal or no deal. I do not believe we will get another chance.”  @SenatorTomUdall

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 9/3: “I believe that supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China is the best option for advancing the goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. While I believe there are several areas of concern with the agreement, the choice I ultimately had to make was between accepting an imperfect deal, or facing the serious ramifications if Congress rejected a deal that has the support of the rest of the world.” @MarkWarner

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 8/3: “A nuclear-armed Iran threatens the United States, Israel, and the world. The question now before Congress - the only question before Congress - is whether the recently-announced nuclear agreement represents our best available option for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. After carefully reviewing the text of the agreement, consulting with experts both in and out of government and receiving extensive briefings from President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Secretary of Energy Moniz, I am convinced that it does...Those who oppose this deal have not disputed these facts and have presented no realistic alternatives. Because I believe that this deal is our best available option, I support it.” @SenWarren

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 8/18: “I thank the many Rhode Islanders who have contacted me on every side of this question. I appreciate their thoughtful input.  I’ve decided to support the P5+1 agreement with Iran, not because it assures anything on its own, but because -- with persistent watchfulness and effort -- it could open a new doorway in the precarious Middle East. I do not see a better credible option. Short of war, with all its dramatic uncertainties and terrible costs, I do not see another pathway to impose a nuclear weapons-free Iran.  I have heard the unified commitments of all the other involved governments that they will be strong partners to enforce this nuclear weapons agreement and to ramp up enforcement under other international agreements against Iran’s terror activities.  I have no reason to disbelieve all five governments speaking together.  I have heard their warnings that if we walk away from this agreement before even giving it a try, the prospect of further multilateral negotiations yielding any better result is ‘far-fetched.’”  @SenWhitehouse

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) 9/8: "...The fundamental question for me is what this agreement means for the prospects of Iran getting a nuclear bomb. This agreement with the duplicitous and untrustworthy Iranian regime falls short of what I had envisioned, however I have decided the alternatives are even more dangerous.”  @RonWyden

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House*

On 9/11/15, the House voted on HR 3461, to approve the JCPOA.  162 House members voted to support the agreement, and 269 voted against. All the "yes" votes were Democrats. Only 25 Democrats voted against the deal.  The full record of the vote on that bill is here. The votes in the "yes" column represent the definitive list of members of Congress who support the Iran deal.

Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) 9/3:  “After great deliberation, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 partners and Iran. This is a complex issue and my decision was not made lightly. Senior officials within the Administration, military leaders from the intelligence community, and policy experts across the spectrum have briefed me.  I also traveled to Israel with 21 of my Congressional colleagues and heard first-hand from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and former Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. But most importantly, I listened to the people of North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District - the very people who have entrusted me with the responsibility of being their voice in Congress.  After conducting a digital survey and sitting down with honest and passionate constituents on both sides of the debate, I believe that this is the right decision for my District and for our nation.”  @RepAdams

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) 9/2: “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have carefully reviewed the JCPOA, spent hours in military and intelligence briefings, met with the Israeli Prime Minister and President, sought out experts and diplomats who support and oppose this agreement, and heard from passionate San Bernardino County residents on both sides of this issue. There is no such thing as a perfectly negotiated agreement, and the JCPOA is no different. However, it is the best diplomatic solution available to the international community and I will vote to support the agreement. The bottom line is this: Iran can never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. I support the JCPOA because the national security of the United States, Israel, and the entire international community would be at risk should Iran ever obtain a nuclear weapon. The agreement verifiably prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”  @RepPeteAguilar

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) 8/24: “After much deliberation that included reading the agreement, attending classified briefings, speaking directly with President Obama and members of the national security team, and meeting with people and community groups who both support and oppose the agreement, I have decided that I will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1...” @RepKarenBass

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) 9/10: “My final decision was not easy, but, ultimately, I decided to vote for the agreement and pledge to continue to support taking every necessary step to preclude Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold nation and from being able to promote and finance terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere. The security of our nation and our allies must remain paramount throughout the implementation of the JCPOA. @RepBeatty

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) 9/9: “Few votes can be taken more seriously than one intended to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. After thorough examination, I have decided to support the agreement negotiated to prevent Iran from producing and  possessing nuclear weapons and to vote against any Congressional measure attempting to thwart its implementation.  I have concluded that the agreement's inspection and verification regime to which Iran must now submit is credible and enforceable. Our ability to respond with speed should Iran regress from its obligations is real and robust.” @RepBecerra

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) 7/14: “We cannot allow a nuclear Iran and this deal will serve as a lasting deterrent to keep the United States out of another devastating war in the Middle East.  Now I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure this deal goes forward unhindered.” @RepDonBeyer

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) 9/10: “After careful review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), analysis by experts pro and con, consultation with advocates from AIPAC, and prayerful consideration, I have concluded that the JCPOA is a strong, verifiable agreement which, if implemented, provides the best available option, short of military action, to prevent Iran from securing a nuclear weapon.” @SanfordBishop

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) 8/4: “...Some of the most distinguished leaders of U.S. administrations – Republican and Democratic alike – in our lifetime have agreed, notwithstanding reservations and cautions, that the acceptance of this agreement is the best path for the United States and world peace. I agree with them. I will support this agreement and give diplomacy a chance.” @repblumenauer

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) 9/4: “There is no question that preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon is in the best interest of the United States, Israel and the Middle East, and the rest of the world. I favor diplomacy over military action whenever and wherever reasonably possible, and I strongly agree that an engaged and unified international community, led by the United States, is the best option to preserve peace by keeping close watch over a rogue state that seems to respond only when the world’s major powers speak in one voice. It is through this lens, and with these goals, that I approached my analysis of the JCPOA and the potential consequences of Congress accepting or rejecting the agreement. When Congress returns to Washington, DC, next week I will not vote to reject the agreement; I will support it and advocate for vigorous oversight and enforcement.” @RepBonamici

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) 9/9: “As representatives of the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, we understand the dangers when hostile nations are able to obtain nuclear weapons. Our islands live under the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons. With that understanding we support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), now under consideration by Congress, as the best available means to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The JCPOA provides the United States and our allies with mechanisms to monitor and verify Iran’s compliance. The agreement has the support of the international community, and the JCPOA represents an opportunity to avoid direct military conflict with Iran. [Note: As a delegate and not a full member, this Representative does not have a right to vote in the full House].

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) 9/2: “Having assessed the details and weighed the alternatives, I have concluded that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action represents our best, long-term option to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. I will vote in support of the agreement, and if necessary to uphold a veto of the resolution of disapproval.”  @RepCorrineBrown

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) 8/29: “...In the end, if we walk away from this agreement, there is little certainty the conditions will exist to get a better deal, and the risks to our national security are less with this deal, than with no deal. I also simply cannot ask our brave men and women in service to risk their lives while a diplomatic option is on the table. For these reasons, I intend to support the agreement...”  @JuliaBrownley26

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) 8/26: “After weeks of thought and consultation, I have decided to support the nuclear agreement with Iran because it is the best path forward to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.” @RepCheri

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) 8/28: “After carefully reviewing the JCPOA, I have concluded that it is in the best interest of the United States and our allies to support this historic agreement.  I have read the agreement in its entirety and have personally met with many proponents and opponents of the agreement.  In addition, I have personally discussed the agreement with President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice who have both assured me that it will block all of Iran’s potential pathways to a nuclear weapon.  I have full confidence in our President and believe that the JCPOA will be a win for the United States and our allies.  When the House returns in September, I will vote in support of the JCPOA and, if necessary, I will vote to uphold President Obama’s veto of any legislation that strikes down this important deal.   I believe this agreement is the only credible option on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” @GKButterfield

Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) 8/11: “Like my vote against the Iraq War, consideration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is one of the most consequential foreign policy votes I will take during my time in Congress. After careful consideration I have decided to support the JCPOA because it is the best way forward to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and advance the national security interests of the United States and our allies.”  @RepLoisCapps

Rep. John Carney (D-DE) 9/9: I have heard the arguments on both sides, and I believe that it’s a very close call. But in the end, I have decided to support the agreement, because I have concluded that this deal is better than no deal at all. The hard truth is, I believe those are our only two choices at this juncture. @JohnCarneyDE

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) 8/16: On 8/16, Capuano signed a Dear Colleague to other House members recommending an oped by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in support of the deal. The letter notes,“As Secretary Lew points out, if the U.S. walks away from this deal, international support for Iran-related sanctions will be lost.  Opponents believe we could force global support for tougher sanctions by moving to cut off from the U.S. financial system any country that approves the Iranian deal and begins to engage with Iran. We very much agree with Secretary Lew that such an approach at this point would be a disaster.  Any move to cripple some of the world’s largest banks and companies could have serious negative consequences for the global financial system; it would undermine U.S. standing in the world and isolate us from the global economy; and it would likely lead to inevitable retribution from the very countries whose cooperation we need.” @mikecapuano

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) 8/4: “I support this agreement because after decades of dangerous provocation, I believe it is clear that a nuclear Iran would pose a threat to the United States and its allies, destabilize the Middle East, and stoke armed conflict.  This agreement shuts down all pathways to a bomb and is a responsible way to ensure Iran never becomes a nuclear power...I believe it is likely that this is our one real shot at restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  For our national security and international stability, it is critical that we accept the agreement.” @RepAndreCarson

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) 9/4: “Today I am announcing my support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because the agreement gives us better access to Iranian nuclear facilities than ever before, which will allow for better intelligence to detect any attempts by Iran to cheat on the deal and will provide immensely valuable information should hostilities arise with Iran.  Under this agreement, we are able to closely monitor Iran’s significantly reduced stockpiles of enriched materials and centrifuges and regulate the import of any materials or machinery related to nuclear activities.  It is obvious that our partners in these negotiations, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, are ready to move forward with this agreement, and Russia and China appear likely to lift sanctions soon, so rejecting this deal unilaterally would provide little chance of bringing Iran back to the negotiating table for a better deal and would cause immense harm to our international influence and credibility.” @RepCartwright

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) 9/4: “...Like many others, I know that this deal is not perfect.  But there is no practical alternative that is perfect.  I do not believe that rejecting the JCPOA and attempting to return to the negotiating table will provide us with a better result.  In that scenario, we would be left with the worst of all worlds – an Iran on the threshold of a nuclear weapon, diminished support from our allies and reduced leverage for the United States. I understand and appreciate the passion and strong convictions that many people have regarding the non-proliferation deal.  After immersing myself in the details, I believe that it is indeed in the national security interests of the United States.  I will vote against a Resolution of Disapproval of the JCPOA and to uphold a presidential veto if it comes to that.” @USRepKCastor

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) 9/2: “We have the choice of two historic firsts. One, a never before seen inspections regime that assures us of a nuclear free Iran. Or two, America walking away from a deal that we negotiated with other world powers, abdicating our global leadership at a moment of crisis. There are risks with accepting and rejecting the deal. But the risks of rejecting it are too great.  For the sake of our security, the security of our allies, and our position as a trustworthy global leader, I have concluded that we must support the Iran nuclear deal.” @RepJudyChu

Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) 9/8: “ I have spent the last two months carefully studying the terms of the agreement, participating in dozens of classified briefings and committee hearings, consulting with foreign policy, non-proliferation, scientific, and military experts, and meeting with the President and members of his administration to discuss the provisions of the JCPOA. After months of serious deliberation and careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the United States and the world will be safer with the JCPOA than without.

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) 8/13: “...This agreement provides an unprecedented ability to look into Iran’s facilities and capabilities, monitor their compliance, and establish a solid path for the United States and the world to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear bomb. That is why I believe the JCPOA is in the best interest of the United States, Israel, and the world and will support it when it comes before the Congress for a vote.” @RepKClark

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) 8/31: “After several weeks of briefings, analysis, consultation, and conversation, I have come to the conclusion that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the most effective means by which the United States and her allies can achieve the goal of preventing the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weaponry.  It will set new rules of engagement regarding nuclear capabilities with one of the world’s most hostile and menacing regimes.”  @YvetteClarke

Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) 9/8: “After multiple classified briefings, and after thoughtful consideration of the testimony and public statements of former high-ranking military officers, nuclear weapons experts and the robust debate among my constituents, I have concluded that this arms control agreement, while not perfect, clearly advances the national security interests of the United States and our closest allies, including the State of Israel.  It has earned my support.” @LacyClayMO1

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) 9/10: “Like many of my colleagues, I have spent considerable time over the past several weeks studying the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and other relevant documents, as well as being briefed by intelligence, defense, energy, and nuclear experts. I have also had many discussions with my constituents and absorbed their views, opinions, and advice. After much thought, thorough examination, and careful consideration, I have decided to support the agreement.” @repjoecrowley

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) 9/9: “When it became apparent that the House of Representatives would take a vote on the P5+1 agreement, I began to evaluate the available information and discuss the issue with many groups and individuals with strong feelings on the Iranian nuclear deal. After a review of classified information and a discussion with President Barack Obama, I began to develop my own list of pluses and minuses. I even self-interrogated whether my decision making process was sufficient for the high stakes vote.  My decision is to support the agreement and, if necessary, I will vote to sustain the President’s veto of that resolution. I am as comfortable with this decision as any I have previously made...” @repcleaver

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) 7/14: When asked by the Hill if he would support the deal, he stated, “Oh, yeah. Give peace a chance.” @Clyburn

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) 8/19: “Through my intense study of this agreement, I am convinced that it is the most effective way to ensure Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon. The agreement represents global consensus on that point as well, and its long term success relies on the ongoing support and hard work of all involved nations, who I am convinced will continue to work together to guarantee compliance. If the United States does not follow through with this multilateral agreement, it would not only damage our nation’s global leadership, but result in a much more nuclear-capable Iran free to proceed as they wish without the thorough oversight this agreement allows. It would result in an Iran that might only be stopped through war—a catastrophic consequence for the United States, Israel, and the entire world. This agreement will make the world safer from nuclear attack, and it is a far better option than simply doing nothing.” @RepCohen

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) 8/6: “My decision to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran is grounded in the hard reality that the alternative to this nuclear agreement is an opaque and unconstrained Iranian nuclear program hanging like the sword of Damocles over the security of the U.S. and our allies, including Israel.@GerryConnolly

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) 8/25: “Approving the deal would not only inhibit Iranian nuclear ambitions and promote stability in the Middle East. It would bolster U.S. diplomatic authority in the world and, potentially, set forth a wave of reformist energies within Iran. Obama fought successfully for the strong multilateral sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. By conditionally lifting some sanctions in exchange for a verifiable freezing of nuclear activities, this deal demonstrates to the Iranian people that constructive engagement with the United States — not reversion to the ideology of the ayatollahs — is the path to the prosperity they desire @repjohnconyers

Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) 9/8: “After weighing the pluses and minuses, I have come to the conclusion that although the agreement is not perfect, it is our best option to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East because if Iran complies, this agreement will ensure a nuclear-free Iran for the next 15 years.“ @RepJimCosta

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) 8/6: “Throughout my time in Congress, I have strongly and consistently supported bipartisan efforts towards the important goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. After thorough review and consideration, I believe that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option for our nation and the international community to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons capability, and I will support the agreement when it comes up for a vote. @RepJoeCourtney

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) 9/1: “I have carefully considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that the United States and our international negotiating partners (P5+1) have reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program. I believe that the rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement would likely cause more harm to the United States, American interests, and our allies by allowing for continued progress toward an Iranian nuclear weapon.” @RepCummings

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) 8/21: “In my judgment this agreement enhances the security of the United States and reduces the likelihood of nuclear confrontation in the Mideast.  Failure to accept the terms of this agreement, on the other hand, seems likely to either exclude the United States from a role in preventing nuclear proliferation in the Mideast as other nations move ahead without us or, more ominously, set the region on a path of escalating tensions.  I believe either of those last two options are unacceptable, and reckless.  With determination, patience and U.S. leadership, this agreement has the potential of opening the door to further agreements on non-nuclear security issues.” @RepDannyDavis

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) 8/26: “I am convinced that after an extensive number of discussions and reviewing materials, the Iran nuclear agreement creates a viable path to reducing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability now and for the future...I am under no illusions this agreement will end Iran’s role as an obstacle to stability in the Middle East, but I do believe we will have a better chance at containing and mitigating the risk posed by Iran than if Congress rejects the agreement.” @RepSusanDavis

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) 8/5: “After careful consideration of the JCPOA, I have decided that the agreement is the best option that the global community has to ensure that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon and I will lend it my full support when it comes to the House of Representatives for consideration.” @RepPeterDeFazio

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) 9/3: “After careful consideration and extensive research and outreach to experts, administration officials, and concerned citizens in the first Congressional District, I have decided to support the nuclear agreement between the United States, Iran, and our international coalition partners. This treaty is our best option to achieve the national security objectives of America and its allies.” @RepDianaDeGette

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) 8/20: “...Some have argued that we are better off without the agreement altogether and that we should not negotiate with Iran. While any international agreement requires compromise, the question before us now is: What level of risk are we willing to accept?  If we walk away today, Iran will no doubt restart its weapons development program. It would be closer to a nuclear bomb than ever, making the inevitability of an armed intervention even more immediate. The only other realistic path available to immediately preventing the development of nuclear weapons in Iran would be through direct military engagement. We have been down the road of engaging in war in the Middle East, and we know that it is never as simple as bombing a few key military installations....“This agreement is not rooted in trust, but in our ability to verify compliance.  For these reasons I support the efforts of Secretary Kerry and Secretary Moniz to secure this agreement, which I believe meets the goal of our negotiations to deny a dangerous Iranian regime access to a nuclear weapon.” @rosadelauro

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) 9/3: “Everyone’s shared goal is to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, and without this agreement, Iran could have nuclear capabilities in a matter of months. I’ve read the agreement, attended classified briefings with the Administration, and met with military leaders, nuclear experts, international officials and constituents, who both support and oppose this deal. After considering all of the opinions and information, one thing I’m certain of is that no one can speak with absolute clarity and predict what will happen 15 years from now in the Middle East. However, this deal is our best opportunity to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon today.”  @RepDelBene

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) 9/4: “At the heart of my decision is supporting a deal that best preserves long-term peace in the Middle East and creates security and stability for the United States. I believe this accord is our best option for achieving this goal...No one believes this proposal is perfect, but going it alone has not stopped Iran on their path toward a nuclear weapon. United Nations sanctions have fallen short. It is time we put diplomacy into action.” @RepDeSaulnier

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) 8/24: “...I have decided that I will support the agreement when it comes before Congress for a vote. In trying to approach this decision in a balanced manner, I have reached the conclusion that pragmatically we have no other realistic options, and failure to support the President will hurt the United States in the world community while having no impact on preventing Iran from gaining nuclear capability. The leadership of the United States is very much at stake and if we do not assert this leadership, our European allies, the Chinese and others will not support us in dealing with these kinds of critical situations again.”  @DebDingell

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) 7/14: “Negotiations have already made our families safer. While demanding thorough scrutiny, this agreement appears to mark genuine progress for all who believe that peace will make us more secure than war with Iran. The bomb-Iran naysayers for whom the only good deal is a dead deal will unceasingly raise obstacles, but ultimately reason will prevail and the President’s leadership will be sustained.”  @RepLloydDoggett

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) 9/1: After consideration of all the analyses and arguments for and against, and after much reflection, I have concluded that the JCPOA, while not perfect, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.” @USRepMikeDoyle

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-WA) 9/9: “This week I will vote to support the JCPOA. This is a vote with enormous consequences for U.S. national security interests. I did not make my decision lightly. Over the past few weeks I spent many hours reading and reviewing the agreement and its classified annex. I received briefings from the Administration and national security, intelligence and non-proliferation experts. I had many discussions with stakeholders who hold passionate views on both sides of the argument and heard from hundreds of my constituents.   I have no illusions about the authoritarian Iranian regime. Iran is our enemy, it is Israel’s enemy and it is the enemy of all nations that seek peace and stability. But Iran’s destabilizing role in the region would be much greater if it could obtain nuclear weapons. Therefore preventing a nuclear armed Iran must be our primary goal. @RepDuckworth

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) 7/21: In interview, stated that the Iran deal is "good" for U.S. and Israel.  Earlier, implied support in tweets & in criticism of Van Hollen for not endorsing the deal (which he subsequently did). @repdonnaedwards

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) 7/14: “The historic agreement reached today proves the power of engagement over isolation — we can choose peace over war. The world is safer thanks to the patient diplomacy and determination of President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and our P5+1 negotiating partners. In the coming weeks, the focus will be on the U.S. Congress to see if Republicans take this deal away from the world. We will stop those who want to push us closer to war.” And 7/22: “I clearly prefer diplomacy over warfare, and if we don’t do this deal, I don’t see how we can avoid military conflict.” @keithellison

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) 8/3: In the face of a legitimate threat of immense magnitude from a nuclear-capable Iran, I believe this agreement is the right path forward. My decision is not based on trusting Iran. To the contrary, the regime has a long list of offenses that I deeply object to, but there must be a mechanism in place to keep them from becoming a nuclear power. Nor would I suggest the agreement is perfect. But, in my view, to reject it would be a grave mistake for the United States, a repudiation of our allies in the effort, a danger to Israel, and further deterioration in the Middle East.” @RepAnnaEshoo

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) 8/25: “I have diligently and carefully reviewed the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated between the U.S., China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Iran since the announcement of the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July. I have attended classified briefings, examined classified materials, and sought answers. I have met to discuss the agreement with my constituents, Jewish leaders throughout Connecticut, national security and nuclear energy experts, and Israeli leaders during my recent trip to Israel. Throughout my evaluation, my priority has been straightforward: determining the best realistic option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. After careful consideration, I believe implementing this agreement – which is far from perfect – gives us the best chance to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. I will therefore vote to support the Iran nuclear agreement.” @RepEsty

Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) 8/13: “Like any negotiation that involves compromise, this deal is not perfect. I hold no illusions that enforcing this deal will be easy. Along with the international community, we will need to keep close tabs on Iran to make sure that every aspect of the agreement is honored by the Iranian government. But at the end of the day, this deal is the strongest nonproliferation agreement that has ever been negotiated. It is a good diplomatic alternative to another costly and potentially disastrous conflict in the Middle East. The Administration, along with our international allies, should be commended for achieving this historic deal. No other option stops the bomb and allows the world to give peace a chance.” @RepSamFarr

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) 9/8: “After an in-depth and extensive review of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, I believe this historic deal is the most effective means to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.  Not only does the agreement keep Iran from developing the raw materials necessary to create a nuclear bomb, it also ensures that they will be unable to institute any covert weapons program for the next 10 to 15 years. @chakafattah

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) 9/8: “After closely studying the technical details of the Iran nuclear agreement, I am proud to be announcing my support for the deal. I believe this deal is our best opportunity to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and encourage my colleagues in Congress to join me in supporting it...” @RepBillFoster

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) 9/10: “Having read the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), engaging in insightful conversations with both opponents and proponents of the agreement, and listening to my constituents, I have concluded that supporting the agreement is in the best interest of the United States, Israel, and our global community.  I arrived at this decision after extensive due diligence and receipt of sufficient answers to questions posed to me.  I feel confident that I have made the right decision.@RepMarciaFudge

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) 9/9: “An Iranian nuclear weapon would pose an unacceptable threat to the United States and our allies in the region, including Israel.  Despite its flaws, I have concluded that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) represents the best—and only—credible means of halting Iran’s nuclear program and preventing the Iranian regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb.  For this reason, and after considerable research and reflection, I will vote in support of the JCPOA later this week.” @RepRubenGallego

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) 9/3: “I think it would be a terrible mistake for Congress to walk away from this deal. Without it, Iran could resume its uranium enrichment and have enough material for a nuclear weapon in a matter of months. Without this deal, our negotiating partners have told us that the robust sanctions regime would begin to fray and could collapse altogether. Without this deal, we would lose this historic opportunity to sideline Iran’s nuclear ambitions. If we reject this deal, every plausible alternative I see is more limited, uncertain, and dangerous than the opportunity presented by the JCPOA...I will vote in support of the agreement, and I encourage my colleagues in Congress to join me.” @RepGaramendi

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) 9/9: “...The immediate question is a simple one: Is it more dangerous to have an agreement, or to have no agreement? On the evidence I see, it’s more dangerous to have no agreement. So I will be voting in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement.@AlanGrayson

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) 9/11: “While I do not believe that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action when properly implemented will bring peace to the world, I do believe world peace is better served with it than without it. It provides Iran, a country we do not trust, an opportunity to be nuclear-weapon-free. I do not know what Iran will do. However, because I do know what a superpower is capable of doing if Iran attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, I will vote for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action... @RepAlGreen

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) 7/14: “The historic agreement struck today between the United States, our allies, and Iran is a triumph of international relations.  President Obama, Secretary Kerry and our P5+1 partners have proven that there is a better paradigm for foreign engagement than the constant threat of military action: it’s called diplomacy.  This deal is the responsible way to avert nuclear ambitions, and to ensure that we all share a safer and more peaceful world.” [Grijalva's 8/22 oped in support of the deal is here] @RepRaulGrijalva

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) 7/14: “This is a matter of war and peace.  With the agreement, we are giving peace a chance.  War is almost never the right answer to any question, but it is always an option.  Skeptics and critics need to give this a chance to work because the consequences are so high and the prospects for a peaceful resolution of Iran’s nuclear ambitions are fragile.  If actions by Iran invalidate the agreement and necessitate a different, aggressive, military strategy, there is nothing that prevents that in the future.” @RepGutierrez

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) 9/9: “Over the past two months, I have thoroughly reviewed and analyzed the Iran nuclear agreement before deciding how I would vote.  I have read the text – including classified portions not available to the public. I attended high-level briefings with people who support and who oppose the deal.  I also spoke directly with President Obama about it. Just as important to me have been numerous conversations with and emails and phone calls from constituents and others reflecting a range of views on this issue. After careful consideration, I am convinced that this agreement deserves support. It will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, enhancing our national security and also the security and stability of the Middle East. @Rep_JaniceHahn

Rep. Denny Heck (D-NV) 8/17: “Following extensive briefings, meetings with constituents, and a thorough reading of the entire agreement, I strongly believe that the Iran nuclear deal is the best avenue forward to protect against Iran developing a nuclear weapon. As I have said repeatedly: there is no scenario in which the world is better off with Iran having a nuclear weapon. This agreement blocks any path to building nuclear weapons. It gives Iran no room to hide. If they try to cheat, we'll know. At that point, previous sanctions will immediately be reimposed. This is a strong agreement that passes every test. I thank the Obama Administration and the P5+1 for pursuing a responsible way to global stability. We must let the best diplomatic path towards peace prevail.” @RepDennyHeck

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) 9/3: “I analyze every proposal that crosses my desk not based on whether it will achieve a perfect outcome, but rather on whether its benefits outweigh the costs. I believe the JCPOA meets that test. This agreement will do more than any plausible alternative to accomplish America’s objective of blocking Iran’s pathway to a bomb in a way that we can verify. For this reason I will vote to support the JCPOA when the question comes before the House.” @RepBrianHiggins

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) 8/13: “Since the international community agreed four weeks ago on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, I have spent many hours evaluating it and consulting with my constituents, technical experts, security officials and diplomats from around the world. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I have reviewed classified intelligence and our capabilities for monitoring compliance with the JCPOA. After careful thought, I have decided to support the JCPOA...Over the course of my public service I have watched with great sadness the hundreds of billions of dollars spent and the thousands of lives lost to achieve chaotic outcomes whenever we have forsaken diplomacy in the dangerous crescent from Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. Though not without risk, the JCPOA offers the possibility of a different and better outcome for the United States, Israel, and the rest of the world.” @jahimes

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) 8/14: “...With the support of thirty-six retired generals and admirals and twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists, I am confident we are on the right track concerning the JCPOA. All of these highly distinguished and experienced leaders agree that this agreement with Iran is the most effective means currently available to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. I will encourage my colleagues to support it and vote for the agreement when it is considered by the full House.”  @USRepRHinojosa

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 9/2: “This deal has been signed by the most important nations in the world today, including China and Russia.  It was unlikely to get and keep China and Russia with France, Great Britain, and Germany negotiating together for a deal with Iran.  To walk away now from this deal is to walk alone.  That would be worth it if Iran had not surrendered its ability to walk toward a nuclear weapon.  If, despite the transparency to which Iran has submitted, it reverts to cheating, as it has done before, all of the options we now possess remain.  It is Iran that has much to lose by trying to subvert the deal.  We will only lose if we insist on an impossible deal that isolates the U.S. from allies and opponents alike and leaves the U.S. alone to take the blame for Iran’s continuing path to nuclear weapons.  This is an asymmetrical deal.  Unlike Iran, the deal leaves the P5+1 in no worse position than we are in today.  Therefore, I believe that history will vindicate the Iran nuclear agreement, and I strongly support it.”  @EleanorNorton  [Note: As a delegate and not a full member, this Representative does not have a right to vote in the full House].

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) 8/20: “In the month following the announcement of the proposed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I met with Administration officials, experts, organizations, and constituents across the Bay Area to discuss the specifics of the proposed deal.  I have taken the time to listen to and learn from a wide variety of perspectives and expertise to determine if this deal is in the best interest of the United States and effectively moves us towards a more peaceful future.  After careful deliberation, I believe that this agreement is the best way to verifiably prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”  @RepMikeHonda

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) 9/9: “Neither option before the Congress is a good one. But a consensus has been reached that the JCPOA does achieve, for a time, serious constraints on Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon. If adhered to and enforced, which must be our objective, it will provide insight into Iran’s activities and oversight of Iran’s performance of its obligations.  That is why, going forward, I will support vigorous efforts to enforce this agreement.” @WhipHoyer

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) 9/9: “I have concluded that the JCPOA is our best option for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. I will vote to support the agreement.” @RepHuffman

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) 9/4: “After this lengthy period of review, consultation, and reflection, I have concluded that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) represents the best and surest means of achieving the goal of preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.”  @JacksonLeeTX18

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) 9/1: “This deal is not perfect. Nevertheless, after rigorous examination, I have concluded that upholding the agreement and affirming the diplomatic path that has been charted represents the best course of action to prevent Iran from weaponizing its uranium and plutonium stockpiles.”  @RepJeffries

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) 7/31: “After careful review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I support this historic agreement which will block all of Iran’s possible paths to a nuclear weapon. President Obama and his chief negotiators worked hard to finalize a diplomatic agreement on July 14th. I am confident that this deal is in the best interest of America because it is built on verification through four clear objectives: blocking the highly enriched uranium route; allowing no path to plutonium; intensive monitoring; and incentives for compliance. Lasting more than a decade, these restrictions have earned widespread global support. While the deal may not be perfect, it is our best option to preserve the safety of Israel and the rest of the world.” @RepEBJ

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) 7/14: “Rejecting this landmark agreement would be a flagrant rejection of the tremendous progress our diplomats and our allies have made to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, and the leadership our country has shown on the international stage.  In the coming weeks, both chambers of Congress are expected to vote on whether or not this agreement moves forward. I will be voting in support of this monumental diplomatic achievement and in support of peace...”  @RepHankJohnson

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-CA) 9/2: “After careful consideration, I have decided to support the Iranian Nuclear Deal. This is not a decision I arrived at lightly. Over the past few weeks, I listened to the opinions and concerns of my constituents and met with people from all walks of life. I heard impassioned arguments on both sides of the issue. It’s clear that Americans want security against the threat of a nuclear Iran. This deal, while certainly not perfect, is the best option available to us in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” @RepRobinKelly

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) 8/31: “For the better part of a century, Republican and Democratic administrations alike have sought to end the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Despite these efforts, Iran continued to make progress on an illicit nuclear program, until a punishing regime of international sanctions forced them to the negotiating table. The diplomatic agreement reached as a result is intended to shut down that program and keep nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands. When this deal comes before Congress for a vote, I will support its adoption because I believe it is the most effective means we have to achieve that goal.” @RepJoeKennedy

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) 7/30: “After careful review and consultation, I will support the nuclear agreement with Iran. I have ultimately determined it will make the world a safer place and is in the best interest of the U.S., our allies, and the global community. Ultimately, this deal prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And if Iran cheats, we will know it.” (8/5 statement here). @RepDanKildee

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) 9/4: “Deciding whether to support the Joint Plan of Action with Iran has been one of the most challenging decisions I’ve grappled with in my time in public service. I believe this is the most consequential issue on which this Congress will engage. Preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is critical to the security of the United States, its allies, and the entire world. Over the past months, I’ve spent countless hours with experts from a wide range of fields and visited with the folks I represent to listen to their perspectives. After many discussions, briefings, and a great deal of reflection I’ve decided to support the agreement for one simple reason: I believe this deal represents our best chance to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.” @RepDerekKilmer

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) 9/8: “Although the agreement is not a perfect solution to a complex problem, I believe the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the best option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons...after speaking to opponents of the agreement, including Netanyahu, I have yet to hear a viable alternative that will maintain an international coalition to continue economic sanctions or support preemptive military action if needed...” @RepRonKind

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) 9/3: “After careful review, I have come to the conclusion that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Agreement) is the best option we have to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. @RepAnnieKuster

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) 9/9: "...while no plan of this nature could ever be without flaws or risk, I believe that this agreement, carefully crafted with our negotiating partners and allies, presents the best chance to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions and protect the security of the United States and our allies in the Middle East and around the world. That is why I have decided to support the JCPOA..." @jimlangevin

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) 9/3: “I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While the agreement is not perfect, it is a major step in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I spent the last month reading the text, listening to my constituents, and talking to experts on all sides. We all agreed that the goal of U.S. policy must be to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. I believe that this agreement is the best available option toward achieving this end.” @RepRickLarsen

Rep. John Larson (D-CT) 7/31: “After carefully considering the concerns of my constituents on both sides of this issue — as well as the information I have received through the Congressional Briefing process and the dynamics at play in the Middle East — I have decided to support the agreement.  While imperfect, this deal is our best chance at diplomatically preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”  @RepJohnLarson

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) 8/24: “This agreement is our best option for ensuring that we live in a world where Iran does not have a nuclear bomb.” @RepLawrence

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) 7/14: “Today’s announced deal with Iran, if fully implemented, will prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon while ensuring greater stability in the Middle East. This JCPOA is an important victory for diplomacy, America’s leadership abroad and a safer, more secure world.”  @RepBarbaraLee

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) 7/28: “I believe that Israel, the region, and the world are far more secure if Iran does not move toward possession of a nuclear weapon.  I believe the Agreement is the best way to achieve that.”  @repsandylevin

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) 8/24: On 8/24. Rep. Lewis sent a Dear Colleague to other House members regarding the Iran deal. Lewis' message to fellow members opens as follows: “As elected representatives, we are sometimes faced with a vote of conscience – a personal moral decision that rises above politics and partisanship.  In a few short weeks, Members will need to report the results from their executive sessions with themselves and their constituents on the question of Iran.  As a supporter of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), I write to share an Op-Ed in the Washington Post written by Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.  Over the years, I have not always agreed with him on domestic and international policy, but I believe that on this question and in this instance, Mr. Scowcroft presents a particularly strong case on the lack of an alternative to the agreement with Iran.”  @repjohnlewis

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) 9/4: “The end goal of any agreement must be to prevent a nuclear weapons capable Iran and ensure the safety of the American people. My decision regarding this multinational agreement is based on whether what is before us is the best way to achieve that goal. It has become increasingly clear in the weeks since the agreement was presented to Congress and the American people that the opponents of the agreement have yet to offer a credible and effective alternative. Without any meaningful alternative, I have decided that I will support the deal and vote in favor of it moving forward. Combined with other options that remain on the table if Iran does not comply with the agreement, this framework, which is far from perfect, is a beginning and presents the best path forward to ensuring Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.” @daveloebsack

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) 8/21: “Since its release in mid-July, I have approached the question of whether to implement the Iran nuclear agreement with the seriousness it merits. I have read the agreement and its annexes and visited the basement of the Capitol to read the related classified materials. I have participated in numerous classified briefings and listened to scholars analyze from various points of view the potential impact of the agreement. I have reviewed the analysis of experts who both favor and oppose the agreement. I have spoken with President Obama at length as well as with Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz, an expert on nuclear matters. I have met with other members of the negotiating team. Finally, and importantly, I’ve met with and listened to my constituents - some in favor, some opposed and some undecided. I have concluded that this agreement is in the best interests of the United States and the world.” @RepZoeLofgren

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) 8/26: “Since the beginning of the 60-day Congressional review period, I have engaged in lengthy, careful, and deliberative review of the JCPOA agreement in which I met with President Barack Obama, attended numerous classified congressional briefings, attended hearings as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met with pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC and J Street, spoke with the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., read almost all related classified and unclassified documents, met frequently with other Jewish members to discuss the proposed deal, talked directly to constituents, and read every constituent e-mail and letter on this issue.  I have never studied an issue in such depth, and I have never been lobbied as hard. I believe that this is the most important vote that I will take while I am in Congress.  I have decided to support the JCPOA agreement because I believe it is the best chance we have at preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. I believe that this agreement is in the best security interests of my constituents, our nation, for Israel, and the world.” @RepLowenthal

Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM) 9/4: “A nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable threat to the security of the United States, our allies, and the world. After an extensive review, I believe that supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  represents the only viable and responsible option to hold Iran accountable and to halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”  @repbenraylujan

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) 9/10: “After hearing from countless constituents and carefully evaluating the P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with stakeholders and national security experts on all sides of this issue, I am convinced that this historic agreement is the best option to protect the national security of the United States and our allies. This agreement, which was negotiated between the United States and the international community, helps prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Without it, Iran would be able to act with virtually no restrictions on its nuclear program.”  @RepLujanGrisham

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) 7/17: “...the agreement does not require us to place our trust in Iran. Under its terms and the 'road map' for the clarification of nuclear issues in Iran, this entire agreement hinges on the adoption and implementation of a rigorous International Atomic Energy Agency inspection, monitoring, and guidance procedure. Indeed, the agreement relies more on the IAEA inspectors than on any other party. Because in the absence of trust, we will need the IAEA’s assurance that Iran will remain in compliance...While we should move forward with care and every precaution for ourselves and for our allies, let us nonetheless move forward.”  @RepStephenLynch

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) 8/11: “After deep and careful consideration, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by the P5+1 and Iran.  I have not arrived at this decision lightly.  Although the agreement is not perfect, it is our best option to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.  I firmly believe that the consequences of walking away from this deal are greater than the risks of accepting it.” @DorisMatsui

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) 7/14: “I applaud President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Moniz for their tireless commitment to advancing America’s national security through diplomatic engagement.  While there certainly remain issues beyond nuclear non-proliferation, such as the detention of innocent American citizens and on-going support for terrorist organizations, that requires action by Iran if improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. are to be achieved, this nuclear agreement has my support.  If Congress decides to disapprove of the agreement I will vote to sustain President Obama’s veto.”  @BettyMcCollum04

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) 8/27: “I have long praised the Obama Administration’s steely resolve in pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran and I pledged my full support for the agreement the day it was signed. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is an extremely well-conceived arms agreement that does exactly what needs to be done when it comes to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. It is a strong, verifiable deal that advances our security interests and those of our allies. Needless to say, I will vote enthusiastically in support of the agreement.” @RepJimMcDermott

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) 8/5: “With this agreement, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to block Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and significantly strengthen global security. When this agreement comes before Congress I will support it because it will help to keep Americans safe. I urge my colleagues to join me.” @RepMcGovern

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) 8/20: “I support this agreement because I believe the security of the United States will be better served if it is accepted by Congress. Standing together with our international partners, this agreement takes significant steps to deter Iran from building a nuclear weapon. It also still allows us to protect the interests of Israel and our other allies in the region.” @RepMcNerney

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) 8/31: “After close examination, thorough consultation, and in-depth study, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because it is in the security interest of the United States, Israel, and the global community.  To make this determination I read the agreement and related classified material, consulted with national security officials and experts in a broad range of areas, talked to our allies, heard from constituents who oppose and support the deal, and extensively weighed the pros and cons.  Ultimately, I reached the conclusion that this is the best option we have to verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” @GregoryMeeks

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) 8/17: ...This agreement is simply about denying Iran a path to a nuclear weapon. As General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, 'If followed, the deal [sic] addresses one critical and the most dangerous point of friction with the Iranian regime.' Some continue to insist that the U.S. hold out for a better deal, one where Iran capitulates to all of our demands and agrees to endless restrictions without any sanction relief, but such an agreement simply doesn’t exist. We must remember that diplomacy rarely yields a perfect deal. Next month, the House and Senate will have the chance to debate the Iran agreement. Not only will I support this historic deal, but I will also oppose any congressional efforts to block its implementation. @RepGwenMoore

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) 8/1: “As a combat veteran who has seen fellow Americans killed in Iraq by the weapons and influence of the Iranian regime, I understand firsthand the threat Iran poses to America and our allies. The United States and the international community must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. After carefully reviewing the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, listening to my constituents including leaders in the Jewish community, and consulting with a wide variety of military and civilian experts, I have determined that the best course of action to prevent a nuclear Iran is by supporting and implementing the agreement. It is not a perfect deal, and it is easy to point out the many ways in which it could theoretically be stronger. That being said, it is by far the best viable option before us.@sethmoulton

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) 8/31: The deal on my desk is flawed, but after searching my own soul and conscience, I have decided I will support this agreement as the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. @RepMurphyFL

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) 8/21: “...After carefully studying the agreement and the arguments and analyses from all sides, I have concluded that, of all the alternatives, approval of the JCPOA, for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Accordingly, I will support the agreement and vote against a Resolution of Disapproval...”  @RepJerryNadler

Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA) 9/10: “As with the Iraq vote, I have taken my responsibilities as a legislator very seriously, and have done my due diligence. I have spoken directly with President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew about the merits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. I have reviewed the classified assessment and associated documents. I have met with my constituents in western and central Massachusetts to hear their concerns about the agreement. I have read every page of the proposal and have come to the conclusion that the best way to curb Iran’s nuclear aspirations is to support the P5+1 plan of action. @RepRichardNeal

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) (8/23): “I have concluded that this agreement will reduce Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon; that’s what this is all about...I’ve talked with a number of people … what is the likely outcome of failure, what is the likely response from Iran. I’m convinced the consequences are severe and dramatic. I’m convinced there is not a better deal.” (Press release dated 8/24 is here).  @USRepRickNolan

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) 7/31: “While acknowledging some of the flaws and risks inherent in a deal negotiated with this many countries and with our principal enemy in the region, I come to the conclusion that it is the best available way forward to achieve our two primary goals in the Middle East: stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring the security of Israel and our regional allies. @RepBetoORourke

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) 9/4: “After careful and measured consideration, I will vote in support of the agreement between the United States, our international partners, and Iran because it is the most effective means available to monitor Iran’s nuclear program and peacefully prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.  The question is not about whether the agreement is perfect – it is about the alternative to rejecting the deal and what the consequences would be.  I have not heard a viable answer to that question.  In fact, the consequence of rejecting the deal would be an Iran far less restricted in its ability to develop a nuclear weapon and able to influence policy in the region at unprecedented levels, all without a realistic chance of returning to the negotiating table. @FrankPallone

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) 9/8:  “I evaluated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) through the lens of whether the deal provides the best option available to us in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. A nuclear weapon in the hands of Iran presents a very real and serious threat to not only the security of Israel and the Middle East, but to the entire world. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions or perfect answers in foreign policy, only choices with varying levels of risk. As a result, I believe that the JCPOA, despite its flaws, presents the United States and our allies the best chance of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon for at least 15 years.” @BillPascrell

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) 8/6: “We all agree that Iran poses a serious threat not just to the United States and its allies, but to the entire world. This threat would be exponentially greater were Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. We must never allow that to happen. After careful review and consideration, I will support the nuclear agreement because it prevents a nuclear-armed Iran.” @RepDonaldPayne

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 7/30: “This is a diplomatic masterpiece.” @NancyPelosi

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) 8/27: “I support the Iran Agreement (Agreement) negotiated by the United States, Germany, China, United Kingdom, France, Russia, the European Union and Iran.  The U.S. and its international partners have committed to a diplomatic solution that I believe reduces and limits Iran’s ability to develop or manufacture nuclear weapons and is in America’s best interests. This Agreement should also reduce nuclear tensions in the Middle East and will make our friend and ally, Israel, safer and less prone to nuclear conflict with Iran...” @RepPerlmutter

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) 8/27: “After weeks of careful study, it is clear to me the JCPOA is our best tool to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon for at least the next 15 years. I will vote to support the agreement...” @RepScottPeters

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) 8/20: “The alternatives to this deal simply aren’t acceptable—either continuing to stay in the dark about what Iran is doing or going down the road to potential military action.  This plan represents the best way forward.” @chelliepingree

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) 8/5: “Since the announcement of the historic Iran deal, I’ve had the chance to carefully review the proposed plan and consult with members of the Obama Administration and numerous independent experts. ...with this diplomatic agreement I firmly believe we now have the opportunity to verifiably prevent a nuclear Iran by supporting and implementing this deal...It took years of difficult diplomatic negotiations to reach this deal and I will actively work to ensure my colleagues stand with the President and other world leaders who have signed onto this historic agreement.” @repmarkpocan

Rep. David Price (D-NC) 7/30: “After carefully reviewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – including its classified annex – and consulting extensively with President Obama, Secretaries Kerry and Moniz, senior Administration and Pentagon officials, and a broad array of independent experts, I am confident that this deal will verifiably prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and make the world a safer place.”  @RepDavidEPrice

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) 9/9: ...After giving the issue careful consideration, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I greet any deal with Iran with healthy skepticism – after all, Iran’s history of deception and ongoing destabilizing and dangerous activities in the region are cause for significant concern and mistrust. But this deal is not based on trust. It’s based on unprecedented access, strict verification, and strong enforcement mechanisms to punish Iran if they defy the agreement. While this deal is not perfect and will not solve all the problems we have with Iran, it is the best opportunity available at this time to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. It also provides the United States with vital intelligence that will allow us to better combat Iran’s aggression and improve security around the globe. @RepMikeQuigley

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) 9/10: “I have not reached this decision lightly. This is among the most difficult I have faced during my time in Congress.  I have concluded that it is in the best interest of American and Israeli security that the JCPOA be implemented.” @RepRichmond

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) 8/28: “After careful study of public and classified information, extensive discussions with people on both sides of the issue, and much thought and deliberation, I have concluded that supporting the Iran deal is the best option that we have at this time to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons.  While this deal is not perfect, I believe it offers us the best possible chance to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.  I am also concerned that if the United States does not support the deal, that could potentially isolate us from our partners who have given all indications that they are not prepared to walk away from the deal... @RepRoybalAllard

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) 9/1: “Since the beginning of this process I have been a strong advocate for a diplomatic resolution to this issue. After 14 years, our country is tired of war. We cannot — and must not — allow the diplomatic process to, again, be subverted by those who would perpetually beat the drums of war. “Since the announcement of this deal, my staff and I have met with groups on all sides of this issue and have heard from experts in the field. After reviewing the information that was presented to us I have come to the conclusion that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best path forward.” @RepBobbyRush

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) 9/9: “I am convinced that this deal is the best way forward to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, ensuring the safety of Israel, and clearing the way for future interactions between the United States and Iran. Let's put America in the smartest and best position to deal with a regime we don't trust and to bravely lead a uncertain and fearful world.@RepTimRyan

Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP) 9/9: “As representatives of the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, we understand the dangers when hostile nations are able to obtain nuclear weapons. Our islands live under the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons. With that understanding we support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), now under consideration by Congress, as the best available means to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The JCPOA provides the United States and our allies with mechanisms to monitor and verify Iran’s compliance. The agreement has the support of the international community. And the JCPOA represents an opportunity to avoid direct military conflict with Iran.” [Note: As a delegate and not a full member, this Representative does not have a right to vote in the full House].

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) 8/26: “...While this is not a perfect deal, I believe that the United States, Israel, and the world are in a stronger position with this deal than without it. This agreement is our best option to deny Iran a pathway to a nuclear weapon...@RepLindaSanchez

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) 9/7: “I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action because I believe it will be effective in pulling Iran back from the threshold of becoming a nuclear weapon state and in keeping Iran away from that threshold for at least ten to twelve years. Thereafter, the detection regime that will remain in place, along with other U.S. and allied intelligence capabilities, should allow the United States to discover any attempt by Iran to breakout to a nuclear weapon and to make that discovery in time to thwart such an attempt. By contrast, walking away from the Agreement could leave the United States less informed regarding Iran’s ambitions and less capable of mounting an effective response. @RepSarbanes

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) 7/14: “This agreement will not solve every problem – and I stand with the President in his pledge to do even more to protect Israel’s security and combat ISIS.  But this deal will prevent Iran from posing the most serious problem – a nuclear threat.   Now that our negotiators have succeeded, I stand ready to make sure this agreement moves forward.” @janschakowsky

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 8/3: “...it is only prudent to expect that if Congress rejects a deal agreed to by the Administration and much of the world, the sanctions regime will – if not collapse –almost certainly erode.  Even if we could miraculously keep Europe on board with sanctions, it is hard to imagine Russia, China, India or other nations starved for oil or commerce, agreeing to cut off business with Iran.  The use of American financial sanctions is a powerful and coercive force, but relies upon at least the tacit acceptance of our objectives, something that would be lacking if we reject a deal agreed to by the other major powers.  A diminished or collapsed sanctions regime does not mean, as some have suggested, that Iran necessarily dashes madly for a bomb, but it will almost certainly move forward with its enrichment program unconstrained by inspections, limits on research and development of new centrifuges, metallurgy and other protections of the deal. In short, Iran will have many of the advantages of the deal in access to money and trade, with none of its disadvantages. Instead of rejecting the deal, therefore, Congress should focus on making it stronger.” @RepAdamSchiff

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) 9/3: “This month, Congress will be voting on a resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement, which, if enacted, would deny the President the authority to waive certain sanctions against Iran.  After careful deliberation, I have decided to support the Iran nuclear agreement and will vote against a resolution of disapproval...A nuclear-armed Iran would be detrimental to the security of our allies in the region, and negotiators set out to reach an agreement that would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon over the next decade or longer.  After careful deliberation, I am convinced that we are much more likely to achieve that goal with this agreement than we would with no agreement at all.”  @repbobbyscott

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) 8/28: “Taking into consideration all the different components of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), I have come to the conclusion that it is the most sensible and viable way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon now and in the future.  Nuclear confrontation remains one of the most challenging issues in the international arena, and we must continue working to contain nuclear proliferation.  The question here is whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the most effective approach to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  I think that it is. ...I firmly believe that the comprehensive oversight and restrictions put in place by this agreement will put the United States, and our allies, in the best position to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and to act in case they move towards that goal.”  @RepJoseSerrano

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) 9/9: “After several months of thorough deliberation, classified briefings with nuclear experts and military officials, and extensive conversations with numerous constituent groups and diplomats from our allied nations and partners, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). I did not come to this decision lightly, nor am I under any illusions that this agreement is not without its problems.  However, I believe this agreement is the best multilaterally negotiated agreement we will get, and thus represents the most viable diplomatic option moving forward. @RepTerriSewell

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) 9/1: Evaluating the JCPOA has been an extremely difficult process for me—I have pored over this agreement for weeks, attempting to fully understand its intricacies and to make sure that all of my questions were answered before coming to a decision on how I will vote when it comes to the House floor.  I truly understand the heartfelt concerns many individuals and groups have about the effects this agreement will have. However, I have decided that I will support this agreement as I believe it severely degrades Iran’s nuclear capabilities and will allow international inspectors unprecedented access all across the country. @RepSchrader

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) 8/12: After careful consideration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as well as my constituents’ views and experts’ opinions, I will support the Iran nuclear agreement...The agreement was negotiated through an international effort by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran. This deal was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council. It is clear to me that this is the most responsible action that the United States and the international community can take to achieve our goal of ensuring that Iran is unable to build a nuclear weapon.” @louiseslaughter

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) 9/1: Over the course of the last two months, I have reviewed the final agreement thoroughly and have had extensive conversations with the Administration, nonproliferation experts, our European allies, and those who are concerned with aspects of the deal. After careful and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to support this agreement because I believe it ends the otherwise unmonitored and unrestricted continuation of the Iranian nuclear program and it halts the surely destructive effects of a nuclear Iran in the Middle East. @RepAdamSmith

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) 8/14: “After careful review, I have concluded that this agreement accomplishes the difficult objective we have been working towards for years: a verifiable way to halt Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon. I did not come to this decision lightly. The implications of this decision are profound for the region, the United States, and the world. This is one of the most important votes I will ever cast. To come to this decision I attended scores of hearings, classified briefings, and met with U.S. allies, my Republican and Democratic colleagues, foreign policy experts, nongovernmental groups, the military and intelligence communities, and my constituents. I also met with the President for over two hours to discuss this deal.” @RepSpeier

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) 8/13: “The world cannot permit Iran to have a nuclear weapon. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware of the threat Iran poses to the United States and our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel. Next month, Congress will vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, an effort to prevent one of the world’s most evil regimes from having the world’s most dangerous weapon. After participating in classified briefings, asking tough questions of the Obama administration, meeting with proponents and opponents, and listening to my constituents, I have concluded this agreement is the best available opportunity for a nuclear-weapon-free Iran.@RepSwalwell

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) 8/11: “I am well aware that this may be the most important issue I ever face during my time representing the people of the Inland Empire in Congress. I believe that our nation is safer with this deal than without it, and I will oppose any effort in Congress to block its enactment.” @RepMarkTakano

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) 8/5: “As a combat veteran and former member of the Intelligence Committee, I have been following this issue closely for many years. I have reviewed the intelligence, read the classified documents and had numerous meetings with experts both inside and outside of the Obama Administration, including Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state under President George W. Bush.  After a careful and detailed evaluation, I believe the deal struck by the Obama Administration is the best way forward.” @RepThompson

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) 8/19: “...After this 159-page agreement was announced and shared last month, my staff and I meticulously studied every sentence, knowing that this is the most important foreign policy decision I would make to date as a Member of Congress. I thank my friends and neighbors who were patient as we worked to understand, analyze, and question the substance of this deal. Ultimately, after long deliberation and meaningful assessment, I have decided to support this agreement. The objective in these negotiations was to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal achieves that. Under this agreement, Iran is never permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon, and it imposes serious and variable constraints that will ensure this for many years.”  @RepPaulTonko

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) 8/12: “The JCPOA is not perfect, but this historic agreement, hard-won after years of intense negotiations with a hardline adversary, provides us and our allies with our best chance to halt Iran on its path to building a nuclear weapon... I do not believe Congress should reject this agreement, and I will oppose any effort in Congress to block its implementation.”  @nikiinthehouse

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 7/30: “...The threats Iran poses in the region are real. But all those threats are compounded by an Iran that is a threshold nuclear weapons state. This agreement will roll back the Iranian nuclear program and provide us with greater ability to detect and more time to respond to any future Iranian attempt to build a nuclear weapon. ...I’ve concluded that this is an historic agreement that should be supported by the Congress.” @ChrisVanHollen

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) 8/31: “In analyzing this agreement, my fundamental and primary concern was ensuring we stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.  An Iran with a nuclear bomb would present an existential threat to Israel, be a destabilizing game changer for the entire region and directly threaten and undermine U.S. security interests.  It is a scenario that the world absolutely must avoid.  After careful reflection, I have concluded that the JCPOA is our best option for preventing Iran from acquiring the materials needed to develop a nuclear bomb.” @NydiaVelazquez

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) 8/11: StarTribune: Democratic Rep. Tim Walz's office formally declared the congressman's support for the Iran deal Tuesday, calling it the best chance the United States has in gutting the country's current nuclear program.”  @RepTimWalz

Rep. Debbiet Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) 9/6: In July, I committed to an exhaustive review process to carefully examine the facts and consider the intangible elements of this agreement, basing my decisions exclusively on what I believed would be most likely to prevent Iran from achieving their nuclear weapons goals.  I have subsequently come to the conclusion that the agreement promotes the national security interests of the United States and our allies and merits my vote of support...my review leads me to the conclusion that we cannot now get a better deal, as I was unable to find a credible source to say otherwise...After a thorough and careful review of the facts and deep, personal reflection and soul searching, I will vote to support moving the Iran agreement forward and to sustain the President's veto if necessary. A constituent said to me during one of my many meetings at home in the past few weeks that I would not want to look back years from now and realize I made the wrong decision. It’s critically important to me that I not look back and feel that way. I am confident that the decision that I am making with the information I have is the correct one.” @RepDWStweets

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) 8/16: On 8/16, Waters was lead signer on a Dear Colleague to other House members recommending an oped by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in support of the deal. The letter notes,“As Secretary Lew points out, if the U.S. walks away from this deal, international support for Iran-related sanctions will be lost.  Opponents believe we could force global support for tougher sanctions by moving to cut off from the U.S. financial system any country that approves the Iranian deal and begins to engage with Iran. We very much agree with Secretary Lew that such an approach at this point would be a disaster.  Any move to cripple some of the world’s largest banks and companies could have serious negative consequences for the global financial system; it would undermine U.S. standing in the world and isolate us from the global economy; and it would likely lead to inevitable retribution from the very countries whose cooperation we need.” @MaxineWaters

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) 8/12: Vermont Public Radio report entitled, "Welch Works To Convince Congress On Iran Nuclear Deal" @PeterWelch

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) 8/27: “Since the release of the text, I have carefully considered the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 countries and Iran.  I have attended numerous classified briefings with Administration officials, met with constituents on both sides of the issue, and consulted with nuclear and foreign policy experts.  After extensive consideration, I have concluded that supporting this agreement offers the most viable option available to us to prevent Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons...Negotiations on this agreement have always centered solely on blocking Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.  In my review, this deal does just that that.  I will support it, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.” @RepBWColeman

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) 9/3:  “After careful consideration of the arguments and analyses from all sides, I have decided that I will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1. I believe that the JCPOA is the best option for our national security and international stability. The agreement – which is based on verification, not trust – blocks the pathways for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, ensures greater stability in the Middle East, and decreases the possibility of armed conflict. I do not want to alienate the United States from the international community and our allies, and we cannot afford to enter into another war. I cannot in good conscience send more women and men to war, and this country, especially my constituents, cannot afford the economic consequences of another military engagement. No deal is perfect but now is the time for diplomacy.” @RepWilson

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) 7/14: “This historic agreement is a victory for American diplomacy and international security. We now have a clear plan to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, which ensures a safer world and a more stable Middle East. As President Obama stated this morning, this agreement is not built on trust—it is built on verification.” @RepJohnYarmuth

 

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